Sport Team Sky rider Richie Porte takes victory on the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under

Simon Gerrans reclaims the overall lead after fifth stage on Willunga Hill

International Cycling Union president, Pat McQuaid

Cycling: McQuaid ignores critics

Pat McQuaid, the International Cycling Union president, has pledged to continue to improve the sport, despite persistent calls for his resignation.

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Cycling: UCI plans 'doping hotline' for riders

Cycling's governing body is considering opening a hotline for riders wishing to discuss doping-related issues, the International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid has said.

Toby Flood inspired by Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins has helped convince Toby Flood that England's young guns can go on to achieve great things.

Bradley Wiggins just can't stop winning as he become Britain's most decorated Olympian

Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins breaks ribs in crash with car on training bike ride

Bradley Wiggins was taken to hospital with broken ribs last night after being involved in a collision with a car close to his home in Lancashire.

Cycling: Former team-mate of Lance Armstrong tests positive for EPO

South African cyclist David George, a former team-mate of Lance Armstrong, has tested positive for blood-boosting EPO.

Bradley Wiggins

Cycling: Bradley Wiggins helps fund British-based women's team which includes Laura Trott

Bradley Wiggins is to help fund a new British-based women’s team that will include some of the country’s best young riders, including double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott.

Shamed: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his titles, and now an effigy of him will be burned on Guy Fawkes' night

Cycling: Lance Armstrong's Olympics blow

The International Olympic Committee has opened an investigation into doping cheat Lance Armstrong, who could be stripped of the bronze medal he won in the road time-trial at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Shamed: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his titles, and now an effigy of his likeness will be burned on Guy Fawkes' night

Lance Armstrong effigy to be burnt on Bonfire Night in Kent

His cycling career has already gone up in smoke and on Bonfire Night an effigy of Lance Armstrong will do just the same.

Rev star Miles Jupp in the running for sports book prize

Rev star Miles Jupp is in the running for a literary prize after his tale of how he bluffed his way into the cricket press corps during a Test series in India was shortlisted for an award.

Mark Cavendish

Cycling: Lance Armstrong scandal has tainted clean cyclists says Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish has claimed the Lance Armstrong doping scandal has unfairly tainted cyclists who are riding clean.

The Tour de France will start in Corsica

2013 Tour de France route unveiled, and mountainous route is not good news for defending champion Bradley Wiggins

While the sports world comes to terms with the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, Tour de France organisers unveiled a mountainous, prestigious route for the 100th edition of the world's greatest cycling race on today.

Mark Cavendish

Cycling: Mark Cavendish urges Lance Armstrong to confess to doping scandal

Mark Cavendish believes Lance Armstrong should admit to doping for the good of cycling.

Cycling: Lance Armstrong deletes Twitter reference to seven Tour de France titles

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong continues to remain silent despite officially being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Lance Armstrong celebrating his seven Tour titles

Shamed Lance Armstrong 'deserves to be forgotten' having been stripped of seven Tour de France titles by UCI

Lance Armstrong has been formally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, the International Cycling Union announced today.

Magni wins the 22nd and final stage of the 1953 Tour de France at Parc des Princes in Paris; he finished 15th overall

Fiorenzo Magni: Controversial cycling champion

Fiorenzo Magni, who died yesterday at the age of 91, was one of the biggest and most controversial names from the golden age of post-war Italian cycling.

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